Programme

17:00 - 19:30Opening ceremony

9:00 - 11:00 Plenary
Progress and set-backs in Asia: lessons to be learnt

How can recent positive developments in Asia be used to overcome common challenges in retentionist nations?

11:00 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 - 13:30 Roundtable
The political use of the death penalty to counter terrorism

How to address the arguments for retaining the death penalty in cases of terrorism?

Workshop
Developing legal strategies to move towards abolition of the death penalty

This workshop will provide participants with information on different successful legal strategies and case law so they can develop or refine their own.

13:30 - 15:00 LUNCH BREAK
15:00 - 17:00 Roundtable
Migrants and minorities: strategies to overcome challenges in capital cases

Challenges and difficulties in representing migrants and minorities facing the death penalty. A look beyond diplomatic strategies.

Workshop
How to efficiently communicate with the media?

Working with the media can be a daunting task. This workshop will enable exchange of experiences between journalists and abolitionists on the problems of communicating the case for abolition of the death penalty.

17:00 - 17:30 COFFEE BREAK
17:30 - 19:30 Roundtable
Legal, social and medical perspectives on the problem of protecting individuals with mental disorders from the death penalty

What are the human rights standards guaranteeing protection of individuals with mental disorders facing the death penalty? What are the practical challenges that prevent their application to ensure the exclusion of individuals with mental disorders from being sentenced to death?

Workshop
Documenting the use of the death penalty

Exchange of tools and experiences on how to overcome challenges to gathering and sharing information as well as monitoring State practices.

9:00 - 11:00 Plenary
The importance of NHRIs to the abolitionist cause

How to work with the national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and rally them to the abolitionist cause?

11:00 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 - 13:30 Roundtable
The draft Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Abolition of the death penalty in Africa
Roundtable
USA: new allies joining the fight to end the death penalty

Presenting new allies and how they are being integrated in the American abolitionist strategies.

Workshop
Advocating for the abolition with Parliamentarians and the Executive

How to advocate at the national level for the abolition of the death penalty? Tools and best practices on how one could advocate with Parliamentarians and the Executive.

13:30 - 15:00 LUNCH BREAK
15:00 - 17:00 Roundtable
Facing the challenge of alternatives to the death penalty

What are the alternatives to the death penalty? What measures, consistent with the protection of human rights, could the abolitionist movement propose to make alternatives more acceptable to States that retain the death penalty?

Workshop open to lawyers only
Effective legal representation for people facing the death penalty

How to ensure an effective legal representation? This workshop is open to lawyers only to give them the opportunity and space to share experiences/build a network.

Workshop
Mobilising youth to the abolitionist cause

How to mobilise the youth and raise their awareness on the necessity to abolish the death penalty? A methodology and education tools will be presented.

17:00 - 17:40 Walk to the City Hall (15')
18h00 - 19h30 Closing ceremony at the City Hall
FROM 19h30 Global March Against the Death Penalty (departure from the City Hall)